Gomes sends message to former club after Everton announcement, ex-Toffees star hails Brands

Andre Gomes has committed his long-term future to Everton.

Everton have tied up a second signing of the summer, completing a move to sign loanee Andre Gomes on a permanent basis from Barcelona.

The Toffees swooped to land Gomes on loan last summer, becoming the third Barcelona player to join the club after Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina.

Whilst those two were permanent signings from the off, Gomes was only on loan, attempting to get back to his best after two frustrating seasons at Barcelona.

Gomes did that, impressing under Marco Silva at Goodison Park whilst becoming a key part of his midfield, and many Everton fans wanted him to sign permanently.

There were links to Premier League rivals, but Gomes has now joined Everton on a five-year deal, meaning the Toffees should see his best years given that the contract takes him up to age 30.

After making his move, Barcelona wished Gomes the best of luck on Twitter, and the Portuguese star replied, admitting that it was ‘an honour’ to play for the Catalan giants whilst thanking them.

Everton confirmed that the price was just £22million, with many believing it to be an absolute bargain for Marcel Brands and co, especially as some Championship players are being valued similarly.

Ex-Everton ace Michael Ball has now taken to Twitter to praise Brands for his bargain signing, and can’t wait to see Gomes with a full pre-season behind him, believing he may be even better than last season as he only made his first start in October.

Why Everton missed out on Kieran Tierney – despite Celtic ‘accepting’ transfer

EVERTON failed to sign Kieran Tierney last summer because the Celtic left-back didn’t push for the move.

That’s according to journalist Duncan Castles, who claims Celtic were willing to accept an offer from the Toffees that included performance-related bonuses.

Tierney has made 170 appearances for the Scottish champions since coming through their academy in 2015.

The 22-year-old’s consistent displays are said to have impressed Arsenal, who have reportedly seen a £15m bid rejected by Celtic.

And Castles fears the Gunners will face the same problem Everton did when pursuing Tierney.

“Celtic were asking for too much as far as Everton were concerned and Everton tried to structure a deal in which a lot of the payment would be bonus and performance related, like if they qualified for the Champions League etcetera etcetera. Celtic were prepared to accept that,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.

“Tierney did not push for the move last summer and the deal didn’t go through.

“I think there’s the possibility that could happen again here [with Arsenal].

“It depends on Celtic’s side, it depends how much they’re prepared to come down.

“But everything I hear about Arsenal is they are very tight financially, that they were working on deals going in towards the end of the season in terms of players they wanted on the basis that they would be able to properly bid for them if they qualified for the Champions League and got the additional revenue that comes with being in the Champions League.

“Obviously they don’t have that money now, so the budget is tight – unless they manage to sell someone at a good price.”

Everton are set to suffer yet another transfer blow this summer.

After reportedly agreeing a £13m deal for River Plate midfielder Santiago Sosa, The Sun claim the player has not been granted a work permit to play in the UK.

It is believed that boss Marco Silva was eyeing the Argentina Under-20 international as a potential backup for Andre Gomes, who is set to complete a permanent switch from Barcelona imminently.

The Toffees have agreed a £22m fee with Barca for Gomes after his successful loan stint at Goodison Park in 2018/19, which saw him become a key player for Silva.

He will become their second signing of the summer after prising goalkeeper Jonas Lossl away from Huddersfield on a free transfer.

BBC pundit claims Liverpool were in for int’l ace who is reportedly on brink of joining Everton

Former Premier League striker Noel Whelan has claimed that Liverpool were interested in signing soon-to-be Everton midfielder Andre Gomes.

Sky Sports reported last week that the Reds’ fierce rivals have agreed a £22million deal with Barcelona for the midfielder, who spent this season on loan at Goodison Park.

However, BBC pundit Whelan believes Jurgen Klopp’s team were also in the hunt.

“Everton are getting a great player there,” he told Football Insider.

“He is one of those players who is a class act and who will be even more effective in his second season than in his first.

“Lots of teams looked at him – Tottenham, West Ham, even Liverpool wanted him at one point. That tells you a lot.

“Midfielders who are physical, can mix it, cover the pitch and have the technical ability to operate in tight space and put the ball on a sixpence are worth their weight in gold.”

Report: Everton and Arsenal both set to offer £22.5m for 27-year-old

Is Torino’s Armando Izzo heading to the Premier League? Everton and Arsenal are reportedly prepared to spend big on the Serie A defender.

Arsenal and Everton are set to step up their pursuit of Armando Izzo by offering £22.5 million for the Torino centre-back, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Premier League duo are crying out for some depth and quality in defence before the new season kicks off in early August.

Arsenal, who missed out on a place in the Champions League for the third year running, have conceded over 50 top flight goals in each of the last two seasons. Everton, meanwhile, have already lost both Phil Jagielka and Kurt Zouma this summer.

And according to reports in Italy, both clubs have chosen Izzo as one of their top defensive targets with £22.5 million bids on their way from North London and Merseyside respectively.

That does not mean that Torino will be rushing to sell their 27-year-old, once capped Italian international however. Instead, president Urbano Cairo has made it clear that he wants to extend a contract which already runs until 2022.

On paper, you would think Arsenal would be the better option for Izzo given their history and European pedigree. But Unai Emery has a massive challenge on his hands taking the Gunners back to the top level given the relative shoestring budget he has to work with.

In truth, it would be no real surprise to see an ambitious and talented Everton side attempt to seize Arsenal’s top six place next season and Izzo’s arrival would only help in that regard.

England vs Australia: Preview and Game Links

England have won the toss and have opted to field

Aaron Finch – ‘Not too disappointed about batting first. Wasn’t too sure about the wicket, but I would have probably bowled first as well. Two changes for us – Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff in, they replace Adam Zampa and Nathan Coulter-Nile. We have played some consistent cricket without being really outstanding, think we can still improve.

If we go too hard, we will be opened up in the death overs, we found it out against Pakistan. We aren’t really bothered about how the crowd react (to Smith and Warner). Every game is important, in such a condensed tournament, two points is crucial and we can’t take any game lightly.’

Eoin Morgan – ‘We are going to bowl. Not necessary a no-brainer, it’s a bit soft on the top, it rained overnight and the wicket was under covers, might do a bit this morning. Hopefully, the sun will come out later and make batting easy in the afternoon.

We are playing the same XI. Jofra is good, had stiffness in his side and played with the problem in the last two games, we just had a precautionary fitness test. We are confident, for long we never won anything against Australia, but we have had some success against Australia recently and think we have a good side.’

Teams:

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff

England (Playing XI): James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

What Everton boss Marco Silva has told top brass about Kurt Zouma deal

EVERTON boss Marco Silva has told the club he wants Kurt Zouma tied down to a long-term deal.

Zouma was a big hit at Goodison Park last term after joining on loan for the campaign.

But it’s unclear if the France international will return as Chelsea are unable to draft in new faces this summer.

They’re facing a two-window transfer ban, meaning Gary Cahill, who departed at the end of the season, can’t be replaced.

And with Antonio Rudiger out injured, it’s left Zouma in limbo.

He’s the most experienced option the club have on the books to provide competition for David Luiz and Andreas Christensen.

Chelsea could decide to keep him to give incoming new manager Frank Lampard plenty of cover.

But if Zouma decides to push for a transfer back to Everton they could be forced to rethink that.

The Telegraph claimed last week that the Toffees have opened talks with Chelsea about a potential deal, having already agreed a price for fellow loan star from the 2018-19 campaign Andre Gomes.

It’s said Marco Silva has told top brass he wants both signed to long-term contracts.

Zouma claimed 12 months ago that he would return to Chelsea following his loan spell.

“I have always believed in myself since I started playing football at 16. I have always wanted to show myself at Chelsea since I have been there,” he said.

“I know my injuries stopped me in the way I wanted to play but injuries are part of football and I want to show people I can come back and play there.

“That’s why I need some game time at Everton here because they are a good team.”

Report: Everton could pay £25m for £34k-per-week Olympique Lyonnais man

According to Wayne Veysey of Football Insider, Everton are weighing up a £25m bid for Bertrand Traore. The £34k-per-week Olympique Lyonnais man scored and created nine goals in 34 Ligue 1 games last season and could be on the move this summer.

Traore’s potential arrival could be bad news for Theo Walcott. The England international may have an uncertain future at Everton after an underwhelming season – scoring only two Premier League goals in 2019.

The Toffees being linked with a right-winger is somewhat telling, especially given how much they’re willing to pay.

The Burkina Faso international joined Lyon from Chelsea in 2017, signing a five-year deal worth £1.77m-a-year. If he signed a similar length contract at Everton, the Toffees would be shelling out around £9m over five years.

The entire package to bring Traore to Goodison Park would set Everton back around £35m – the same initial price paid for Richarlison.

That’s not to say Traore wouldn’t improve the squad, however. The 23-year-old would be an upgrade on Theo Walcott, having created 25 chances and made 52 successful dribbles (58%).

He won’t come cheap, but Everton appear keen to bring him back to England after his success in France.

Report: Everton join Aston Villa and Benitez in the race for £12m man

Bristol City defender Adam Webster is reportedly attracting interest from Premier League trio Everton, Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

Everton are keen on the services of Adam Webster, with the Bristol City man already attracting the attention of Aston Villa and Newcastle United, according to a report.

Reports have claimed that Marco Silva’s side have joined the race for the central defenders signature, with Newcastle also wanting the 24-year-old and Villa thought to have made a bid of £12 million for his services.

It is said that Bristol City want bids north of £10 million for Webster, who enjoyed a successful campaign at Ashton Gate last term as Lee Johnson’s side missed out on a top-six finish in the Championship.

Centre-back Webster now has a big decision to make. Does he continue his progress at Bristol City or does he feel that he’s now ready to make a switch to an Everton, Villa or Newcastle?

As things stand, moving to an Everton or Villa would be more viable and realistic because the Magpies are yet to extend the current contract of Rafa Benitez, so they clearly have bigger things to worry about.

For Everton, they had Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma at the club last season, and the void he has left will need to be filled as Webster, at least in the long term, has the qualities to do that.

Understandably, Everton would seemingly look like the better option given the Toffees current standings, as Webster has some big decisions to make in regards to his future.

Manager confirms he’s talking to Everton over the transfer of 26-year-old

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson has told the Oxford Mail that he is speaking to Everton over signing Luke Garbutt.

Garbutt spent last season out on Oxford, and he impressed on his loan spell away from Goodison Park.

It seems that Garbutt could now depart Everton again this summer, with Oxford keen to snap him up again.

“We’re still speaking to Garbs and his parent club,” Robinson confirmed.

Garbutt was once regarded as one of Everton’s best prospects but he appears to have no future at Marco Silva’s side.

The left-back is now 26, and can no longer be considered a promising youngster for Everton.

It may be best for all parties if Garbutt does leave Everton this summer.

Leighton Baines, Lucas Digne and Antonee Robinson all appear to be ahead of Garbutt in the pecking order at Everton, meaning his chances of breaking back into their first-team seem very slim.

Oxford finished in mid-table in League One last season, but Robinson’s side did end the campaign strongly, which suggests that they could challenge for a top six spot next time around.

England vs Sri Lanka: Preview and Match Links

Sri Lanka have won the toss and have opted to bat

Teams:

England (Playing XI): James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep

Morgan: We would have batted as well, looks a really good wicket. Best time to bat on. We’re playing the same team. The wicket here has assisted turn a bit in recent games, so we have both Adil and Moeen. (On managing fast bowlers’ workload) First priority is to get to the semifinals and when/if we do that, we’ll decide whom to rest.

(On Moeen’s 100th ODI) We had a small presentation upstairs. Steven Gerrard sent him (Moeen) a message, so he’s buzzing today which is great. He’s been a huge part of English cricket for a while now and thoroughly deserves 100 caps.

Karunaratne: We’ll bat first, looks a batting surface and want to put runs on the board. Hoping to put some scoreboard pressure. We have two changes – Jeevan and Avishka in for Lahiru and Milinda. We have had time to regroup and discuss. Need to do something special against England.